VIALACTEA 2016 Conference Scientific Program


  • Invited talks are 30 minutes including questions; titles are being finalised and will be updatred soon
  • Contributed talks are 20 minutes including questions
  • There will be two half-afternoon slots for organised debates and discussions. A number of possible arguments will be selected by the SOC and will be circulated to the participants before hand to select the most interesting ones to be held.
  • Poster presenters:
    • info regarding poster size and poster-panelID assignment are available at the "Poster Instructions" page.
    • prepare a 1-2 viewgraphs presentation with your results: you will have 1 minute to present your poster during one of various Poster Snapshot Preview sessions 

 Last update 16th September


Day Session Start End Dur. Title First Name Last Name Institute Type of Talk
Monday 26th   08:00 09:00 1:00 Registration opening        
Session 1: InterStellar Medium, Molecular clouds and Filaments: from the diffuse texture of the ISM to the backbone skeleton of the Milky Way 09:00 09:30 00:30 Welcome & Logistics        
09:30 10:00 00:30 The Physics of Molecular Clouds Formation Paul Clark Cardiff University I
10:00 10:20 00:20 SEDIGISM: A molecular line survey of the Galactic Plane with APEX Frederic Schuller MPIfR, Bonn C
10:20 10:40 00:20 THOR - The HI, OH, Recombination Line survey of the Milky Way Michael Rugel MPIA, Heidelberg C
10:40 11:10 00:30 Coffee Break        
11:10 11:30 00:20 Building a (fully resolved) molecular cloud catalog of the Galaxy Dario Colombo MPIfR, Bonn C
11:30 11:50 00:20 FOREST Ultra-wide Galactic Plane Survey In Nobeyama (FUGIN): Project Overview, Global Distribution and Kinematics of Molecular Gas Tomofumi Umemoto NAO, Tokyo C
11:50 12:10 00:20 The MopraCO survey of the Southern Galactic Plane Domenico Romano University of New South Wales C
12:10 12:30 00:20 Using CO line ratios to trace the physical properties of molecular clouds Camilo Peñaloza Cardiff University C
12:30 12:40 00:10 Posters Snapshot Preview        
12:40 14:10 01:30 Lunch        
14:10 14:20 00:10 Posters Snapshot Preview        
14:20 14:50 00:30 Molecular cloud dynamics and star formation in galaxies Andi Burkert Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich I
14:50 15:10 00:20 Analytical tools to characterize the density structure of molecular clouds Nicola Schneider University of Cologne C
15:10 15:30 00:20 The Origin of Molecular Cloud Turbulence Paolo Padoan ICC-University of Barcelona C
15:30 15:50 00:20 Investigating the interactions between cosmic rays and interstellar medium Nicola Marchili INAF-IAPS, Rome C
15:50 16:10 00:20 The line-of-sight dust temperature distribution as a probe of Galactic star formation Ken Marsh Cardiff University C
16:10 16:40 00:30 Coffee Break        
16:40 17:00 00:20 VIALACTEA e-Infrastructure and Science Gateway: Milky Way Analysis Workflows Ugo Becciani INAF-Osservatorio di Catania C
17:00 17:20 00:20 Evolutionary Picture of Giant Molecular Cloud Mass Functions on Galactic Scales Masato Kobayashi Nagoya University C
17:20 17:40 00:20 Mutiwavelength study to reveal dust properties and cloud 3D structure Laurent Pagani LERMA-Observatoire de Paris C
17:40 18:00 00:20 VIALACTEA Knowledge Base: a resource to analyse the Milky Way data. Robert Butora INAF-Osservatorio di Trieste C
19:00 Welcome Cocktail
End of Day 1
Tuesday 27th 08:45 09:15 00:30 The Wispy Milky Way in Hi-GAL and molecular gas: a global view of filamentary structures in the Galactic Plane Eugenio Schisano INAF-IAPS, Rome I
09:15 09:35 00:20 Quiescent fibers in the NGC1333 proto-cluster Alvaro Hacar University of Vienna C
09:35 09:55 00:20 Probing the filamentary nature of massive star-forming regions with ArTéMiS Philippe Andre CEA/SAp, Saclay C
09:55 10:15 00:20 Filaments and compact sources in the Lupus star forming region Milena Bendettini INAF-IAPS, Rome C
10:15 10:45 00:30 Toward True Topology Alyssa Goodman CfA-Harvard I
10:45 11:15 00:30 Coffee Break        
11:15 11:35 00:20 Magnetic fields and filaments in the ISM: their relative orientation observed with Planck Andrea Bracco CEA/SAp, Saclay C
11:35 11:55 00:20 Simulations of magnetized molecular cloud filaments Gilberto Gomez UNAM, Morelia C
11:55 12:15 00:20 What can filament dynamics tell us about core formation? Gwenllian Williams Cardiff University C
Session 2: Demographics of Galactic Clumps and Cluster Progenitors: conditions, timelines, rates and efficiencies of cluster and massive star formation as a function of mass and environment 12:15 12:45 00:30 Statistical properties of the early stages of star formation in the inner Galaxy: the Hi-GAL Clump Catalogue Davide Elia INAF-IAPS, Rome I
12:45 12:55 00:10 Posters Snapshot Preview        
12:55 14:25 01:30 Lunch        
14:25 14:35 00:10 Posters Snapshot Preview        
14:35 14:55 00:20 Light from the Dark: Using Hi-GAL to Study the The Formation and Evolution of Massive Clumps in Infrared Dark Clouds Gary Fuller University of Manchester C
14:55 15:15 00:20 The JCMT Plane Survey: Compact Source Catalogue and First Results David Eden John Moores University, Liverpool C
15:15 15:35 00:20 Discussing the distance bias on the estimation of Hi-GAL compact source physical properties Adriano Baldeschi INAF-IAPS, Rome C
15:35 15:55 00:20 Testing theories of triggered star formation in the outer Galactic disk Kazi Rygl INAF-IRA, Bologna C
15:55 16:15 00:20 Evolutionary indicators on Galactic clumps: examination of dust properties of sources from the Hi-GAL survey. Manuel Merello INAF-IAPS, Rome C
16:15 16:45 00:30 Coffee Break        
16:45 18:00 01:15

Filaments and their role in the game:
from fibers to tens-of-parsecs structures

Moderator: Alyssa Goodman
Wednesday 28th End of Day 2
08:45 09:15 00:30 Filaments, Shells, and Bubbles: Toward Galactic View of Star Formation Shu-Ichiro Inutsuka Nagoya University I
09:15 09:35 00:20 Regulation of Galactic Star Formation Rates by Turbulence, Magnetic Fields and Stellar Feedback Jonathan Tan University of Florida C
09:35 10:05 00:30

ATLASGAL — dense gas structure of the inner Galaxy

James Urquhart University of Kent I
10:05 10:25 00:20 The ATLASGAL Survey: Evolution of high-mass star-forming regions Andrea Giannetti MPIfR, Bonn C
10:25 10:45 00:20 Non-thermal motions in massive star forming regions: turbulence vs. self-gravity Alessio Traficante INAF-IAPS, Rome C
10:45 11:15 00:30 Coffee Break        
11:15 11:35 00:20 The star-forming content of CHIMPS Andrew Rigby Cardiff University C
11:35 11:55 00:20 An Overview of Physical Properties of Clumps in the Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey Yancey Shirley Steward Obs. - University of Arizona C
11:55 12:15 00:20 Q+: a new method for quantifying structure in young clusters Sarah Jaffa Cardiff University C
12:15 12:35 00:20 Synthetic modelling of Spectral Energy Distributions of young embedded clusters Sergio Molinari INAF-IAPS, Rome C
12:35 14:05 01:30 Lunch        
14:05 14:35 00:30 Chemistry of star-forming regions in the Galaxy and beyond Floris van der Tak SRON/University of Groningen I
14:35 14:55 00:20 The Herschel-HIFI view of massive protostellar objects Fabrice Herpin Lab. Astrophysique Bordeaux C
  14:55 16:25 01:30 VIALACTEA Tools Live Demos/Hands-on Sessions/Poster Session        
  16:25 16:55 00:30 Coffee Break        
  16:55 17:25 00:30 New challenges in astrophysical data management: ICT approaches and EU policies Fabio Pasian INAF-Osservatorio di Trieste I
Session 3: the Milky Way in the context of environment and other galaxies 17:25 17:35 00:10 Posters Snapshot Preview       C
17:35 18:05 00:30 Star formation and the ISM lifecycle in the centre of galaxies Steve Longmore John Moores University, Liverpool I
  Conference Dinner
Thursday 29th End of Day 3
08:45 09:00 00:15 Strengthening in Europe the foundations of Space Science and Technology: the success story of VIALACTEA Giuseppe G. Daquino REA-FP7, Bruxelles I
09:00 09:20 00:20 Gas Flows and Star Formation in the Galactic Center Cara Battersby CfA-Harvard C
09:20 09:40 00:20 Large-scale latitude oscillations of the Galactic Plane: disk instability or extraplanar gas accretion ? Alberto Noriega-Crespo STScI, Baltimore C
09:40 10:10 00:30 Cloud-scale studies of gas and star formation in nearby galaxies Annie Hughes IRAP, Toulouse I
10:10 10:30 00:20 Giant molecular clouds properties in nearby galaxies Rosita Paladino INAF-IRA, Bologna C
10:30 11:00 00:30 Coffee Break        
11:00 11:30 00:30

The formation and evolution of molecular clouds

Steffi Walch University of Cologne I
11:30 11:50 00:20 The High-Resolution View on the Gas-Star Formation Cycle in Nearby Galaxies Andreas Schruba MPE, Garching C
11:50 12:10 00:20 The formation of Milky Way under chemical and radiative feedback Luca Graziani INAF-Osservatorio di Roma C
Session 4: Triggering, Spiral Arms, Turbulence and Gravitation: sifting the ingredients of a Galactic Star Formation Recipe 12:10 12:40 00:30 Star formation and ionized regions in the Inner Galactic Plane Pedro Palmeirim LAM, Marseille I
12:40 14:10 01:30 Lunch        
14:10 14:30 00:20 Classification of Galactic Bubbles from a Morphological Multiwavelength Study. Milena Bufano INAF-Osservatorio di Catania C
14:30 14:50 00:20 Adaptive Active Contour Segmentation for automatic bubble detection Duane Carey University of Leeds C
14:50 15:20 00:30

Star formation as a function of Galactic environment

Sarah Ragan Cardiff University I
15:20 15:40 00:20 The role of cloud-cloud collision in triggering O star formation Yasuo Fukui Nagoya University C
15:40 16:00 00:20 Star formation and feedback in spiral shock formation of molecular clouds Ian Bonnell University of St. Andrews C
16:00 16:20 00:20 A Cautionary Note about Composite Galactic Star Formation Relations Genevieve Parmentier University of Heidelberg C
16:20 16:50 00:30 Coffee Break        
16:50 18:20 01:30
Physics of the earliest stages of high mass star formation: state of the art and what's next to be learned/understood?  Do massive pre-stellar clumps exist ? Does chemistry really play a role?  If so, how much and at what stage?
Moderator: Gary Fuller
Friday 30th End of Day 4
08:45 09:15 00:30 Observing simulations: The effect of spiral arms and galactic shear on molecular clouds Ana Duarte-Cabral Cardiff University I
09:15 09:35 00:20 Star Formation laws from molecular cloud evolution Enrique Vazquez UNAM, Morelia C
09:35 09:55 00:20 The influence of supernovae explosions and HII ionising feedback on star formation Patrick Hennebelle CEA/SAp, Saclay C
09:55 10:15 00:20 Cloud/cloud collisions, cluster formation, and bipolar HII regions Ant Whitworth Cardiff University C
10:15 10:35 00:20 Simulating radiative feedback in the interstellar medium: ISM properties, star formation regulation, and observational diagnostics Thomas Peters MPA, Garching C
Session 5: the 3D Galaxy 10:35 11:05 00:30 Coffee Break        
11:05 11:35 00:30

The Bar and Spiral Structure Legacy (BeSSeL) Survey

Andreas Brunthaler MPIfR, Bonn I
11:35 12:05 00:30

The large-scale structure of the Galaxy from radio to NIR tracers

Roberta Paladini IPAC-Caltech I
12:05 12:35 00:30 The Gaia revolution  Ronald


 INAF-Osservatorio di Torino I
12:35 12:55 00:20 Three dimensional maps of dust extinction along the Milky Way plane Heddi Arab CDS, Strasbourg C
12:55 13:15 00:20 Distance estimates for Galactic Plane Surveys Delphine Russeil LAM-OAMP, Marseille C
13:15 13:35 00:20 The Vertical Structure of the Spiral Arms of the Milky Way Galaxy Bob Benjamin University of Wisconsin C
13:35 14:35 01:00 Lunch/Posters        
14:35 16:05 01:30 VIALACTEA Knowledge-base, Visualization and Data analysis Tools: Demos, Hands-on Sessions and Users-driven Use-Cases
  End of Day 5
    End of Conference